14:59

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14:59
Studio album by Sugar Ray
Released January 12, 1999
Recorded 1998
Genre Alternative rock, pop rock
Length 40:30
Label Atlantic
Producer David Kahne, except for "Abracadabra" which was produced by Ralph Sall
Sugar Ray chronology
Floored
(1997)
14:59
(1999)
Sugar Ray
(2001)
Singles from 14:59
  1. "Every Morning"
    Released: March 2, 1999
  2. "Someday"
    Released: June 15, 1999
  3. "Falls Apart"
    Released: December 28, 1999

14:59 is the third album by the band Sugar Ray, released on January 12, 1999. It entered the top 20 on the Billboard 200, peaking at number 17[1] and certified triple-platinum by the RIAA. The album shows the band moving into a more mainstream pop rock sound, away from their earlier alternative metal sound, due to the success of their single "Fly" off their prior album, Floored. The album's title itself was a jab at critics who considered the band a one-hit wonder and were merely enjoying their "fifteen minutes of fame".

Background[edit]

In 1997, Sugar released their second album, Floored. While largely an alternative metal album, late in the recording sessions, the band recorded a much poppier track, the pop rock song Fly. The track became a surprise hit. The track's massive success inspired the band to further pursue the sound on their following album, 14:59.[2]

Sound[edit]

The album's sound has elements of alternative rock[3] and pop rock.[4] "Aim for Me" is a punk rock track in the vein of Green Day and "Falls Apart" and "Personal Space Invader" take influence from Synchronicity and Men Without Hats,[5] while "Burning Dog" has a skate punk sound similar to The Offspring and "Live & Direct" features vocals from KRS-One.[6] In addition, "Every Morning" (that has been called an acoustic pop number[5]), "Someday" and "Ode to the Lonely Hearted" are reminiscent of previous hit single "Fly".[6] The album also features two comedic songs titled "New Direction", the former being more death metal-influenced and the latter a circus music instrumental.[5]

Promotion and release[edit]

The song "Glory" was used in the film American Pie, and featured on the soundtrack album.[7]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[5]
Entertainment Weekly C+[6]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars[8]
NME 7/10[9]
Robert Christgau (choice cut)[10]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[11]

The album was generally well received by critics. Paul Pearson of AllMusic stated, "Their third album showed an alarming overhaul in their approach...from their metal shellac toward a calmer, melodious pastiche of songs. and concluded that 14:59 has such catchiness and charm that it's a guilty pleasure of high order, and a bigger step than one might have expected from Sugar Ray."[5] NME's referred to the album as a "hellishly difficult record to hate...Not that this is especially inspired stuff, but, if you wanted a soundtrack for the kind of sun-kissed pool-party the sleeve depicts, 14:59 is maybe as good as you could get today."[9] Rolling Stone praised the album for its diversity and for not sticking too closely to the sound of "Fly" stating that the band instead "...go[es] off the deep end with gorgeous psychedelic guitar hooks and drum loops, and Mark McGrath's wise-guy futon talk... everything they play is shaped by the cut-and-paste aesthetic of the sampler."[11] Robert Christgau picked out the album's song, "Every Morning", as a choice cut.[10]

David Browne of Entertainment Weekly was less positive and stated: "It's genuinely hard to hate Sugar Ray; [...] Still, listening to '14:59' is a somewhat sad, depressing experience. [...] The album is the sound of a band resigned to the possibility that they may be one-hit wunderkinds and that the 2 million fans who bought their last album may have moved on to Barenaked Ladies."[6]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "New Direction" – 0:47
  2. "Every Morning" – 3:39
  3. "Falls Apart" – 4:15
  4. "Personal Space Invader" – 3:38
  5. "Live & Direct" – 4:34 featuring KRS-One
  6. "Someday" – 4:03
  7. "Aim for Me" – 2:20
  8. "Ode to the Lonely Hearted" – 3:12
  9. "Burning Dog" – 3:01
  10. "Even Though" – 2:35
  11. "Abracadabra" – 3:42 Steve Miller Band cover
  12. "Glory" – 3:26
  13. "New Direction" – 1:17

Sugar Ray sold a different version of the 14:59 album to audiences that attended their live tour. This album included 5 tracks[12] not found on the retail version. These tracks are:

  • The hit "Fly" from their previous Floored album
  • The original demo recording of "Aim for Me"
  • A live acoustic version of "Every Morning"
  • The radio edit of "Falls Apart"
  • "Rivers", a song written in the style of and in tribute to Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo

References[edit]

  1. ^ "14:59 chart performance". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Archived from the original on June 14, 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-14. 
  2. ^ "Interview with Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray". NY Rock. April 1999. Retrieved 2012-02-08. 
  3. ^ Huey, Steve (2002). "Sugar Ray - Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-02-25. 
  4. ^ "14:59". NME. 1999-05-15. Retrieved 2011-06-14. 
  5. ^ a b c d e Pearson, Paul. Sugar Ray: 14:59 > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-06-14.
  6. ^ a b c d Browne, David (1999-01-25). "14:59 Review". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on June 7, 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-14. 
  7. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0163651/soundtrack
  8. ^ Nichols, Natalie (1999-01-11). "Time Isn't Quite Up Yet for Sugar Ray in New Album '14:59'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2013-08-14. 
  9. ^ a b "14:59". NME. 1999-05-15. Retrieved 2011-06-14. 
  10. ^ a b Christgau, Robert. "CG: Sugar Ray". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved 2012-05-05. 
  11. ^ a b Howling Wolf (1999-01-12). "Sugar Ray: 14:59 : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2007-11-16. Retrieved 2012-05-05. 
  12. ^ 14:59 [Tour Edition] at AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-02-08.